Agnes Box
The Stelzenmueller and Box families sadly report that Agnes Stelzenmueller Box passed away on Saturday morning, Oct. 11, 2008, of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 7, 1950, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Fred (Fritz) H. and Betty McIrvin Stelzenmueller.
Agnes grew up in Klamath, graduating from Klamath Union High School in 1968. She attended OIT, earning an associate's degree in accounting technology in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in industrial management with honors in 1994, then an MBA from Southern Oregon University in 1997.
In 1968, Agnes married Richard Box, of Sebastopol, Calif. They lived in Ashland, Ore., and in 1969 had a son Thomas. The marriage did not last, but her love of family continued.
Agnes felt that she could never do enough to provide every opportunity for her son. Thomas' development and his many successes were the things she was most proud of. She also was a very loving caregiver to her mother, visiting and caring for her on a daily basis.
She moved back to Klamath Falls in 1974, beginning a telecommunications career in 1976 at OIT that spanned 32 years. Her final position was Telecommunications Coordinator in the Information Technology Services department at OIT. In her professional capacity, she had responsibilities for state and regional strategic initiatives that supported academic programs and administrative processes, as well as local industry.
At the time of her passing Agnes was nearly the longest employed staff member at OIT. Her knowledge was highly valued in her work on the Oregon Telecommunications Coordinating Council and Klamath Telecommunications task force.
Agnes was very active in the community. She was an early organizer of Assistance League. Since 2004, she was OIT's campaign coordinator for the United Way and joined the United Way Board of Directors in 2005. She was also active in political campaigns and efforts, frequently serving as a Republican Party Precinct committeewoman.
Agnes was preceded in death by her father and brothers, Fred and Kurt. She is survived by her son, Thomas Box, and daughter-in-law, Tiffany Box; mother Betty; brother George Edward Stelzenmueller; sister Ruth Simmons; niece Eisha Hayes; and nephew Craig Stelzenmueller.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Nov. 15 in Klamath Falls with pertinent details to be released by the family in the near future. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Oregon Tech Foundation in Memory of Agnes S. Box. The e-mail address [email protected] is available for sharing of memories and condolences.
Published by Herald And News on Oct. 18, 2008.
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I have many memories of my time at OIT and working in the computer center. Agnes was always kind to me and always offered encouragement to me. I´m sad to learn of her passing.
John Hughes
June 17, 2021
So sad to learn of Agnes passing. She was so kind to me as a student worker in her area. I remember working with her, Rick Lengel, Cher, Rose, and Bill Lewis in OIT campus computing in South Hall (now Bovine Hall). She was so nice and pleasant and helpful to me and my work and duties. I had no idea she was in Ashland, OR for a while where I grew up and oddly enough in the same time frame her son Thomas was there, and he was a few years older than me. Truly Sad. I was looking up Dr. Winston Purvine passing OBIT and found Agnes.

OREGON TECH - Alma Mater
The gold and blue of hill and sky,
Her glorious colors shown.
The truths, unfading from our hearts,
The friendships we have known.
We vow with time to hold them true
In cherished memory.
Our loyalty we pledge to you
Alma Mater OIT.
Andy Flagg
March 14, 2021
I met Agnes when I was a consultant for OIT some 15 years ago, thus initiating a friendship that endured until her untimely passing. We didn't have many occasions to meet face-to-face but our many email conversations were something I always very much looked forward to. She was a remarkable person in so many ways.
Arnie Peskin
January 10, 2009
I just found out lastnight that Agnes passed away. Shocked is an understatement. I always thought I would have a chance to catch up with her. We all knew where to find Agnes. I'll never forget her and it will always sadden me to think she is gone.
Maria Morrison
December 1, 2008
I have many fond memories of Agnes over the past nearly 20 years. We worked together on many councils, boards and committees. She was a model of professionalism and at the same time a warm, caring person. I am deeply saddened by her passing.
Ed Parker
November 16, 2008
I will miss working with Agnes. She was a real asset to OIT and to rural Oregon communities as a whole. She was dedicated in her zeal to bring available technologies to all of Oregon. She was an ambassador for OIT and for the state. She will be missed.
Lynn Madigan
November 13, 2008
Agnes was my techno-rock and I will not be forgetting both the knwoledgte she imparted to me and the care with which she did her work and lived her life. Thank you Agnes - Pam Berrian, City of Eugene
Pam Berrian
November 10, 2008
Agnes will be greatly missed. She did so much for higher education and the telecommunications community of Oregon. Her tireless dedication to her job, state and family will not be forgotten.
Curt Pederson
November 10, 2008
The bittersweet tears I’ve shed will soon be far outshined by the overwhelming joy, when I am reunited with the entire family of God, including Agnes, my dear friend and sister in Christ Jesus, the LORD of all Creation. Shalom!
Rick Lengel
November 5, 2008
Agnes, you touched so many people and I consider myself lucky to be among them. Your skill at navigating bureauocracy, tight budgets, and technical setbacks to get results were well respected, but your warmth, loving spirit, easy laugh, and loyalty to so many that you cared about are your legacy. I will miss you and those snippets of time I would get to talk with you about life, work, parenting, caregiving and family. You will always live in my thoughts.
Barry Zimmerman
November 3, 2008
I am sorry to hear of Agnes passing. I knew her from many years ago in Junior high and High School. She was often in our thoughts.
Walters Mike
October 21, 2008
I will miss you and miss seeing you with you mother, and the good conversations we would have. you will always be in my thoughts.
susan buckley
October 19, 2008
Agnes, thank you. You embodied unfailing loyalty, extraordinary love, hard work, beautiful creativity and warm friendship. You gifted all that to us. Your presence is so much missed, yet your presence will ever be felt.
Mel Ivey
October 19, 2008
Throughout my years at OIT, starting with my time as a student and concluding as Director of Computing Services, Agnes was always there to help. Her dedication to the college was strong and continual, a benefit to such a great institution. She was so proud of Thomas and his many accomplishments, it brought a smile to her face every time! We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit with her in September.

Our family will miss her and our condolences to her family and friends.

Rich, Jane, and Rick Pickett
Rich Pickett
October 18, 2008
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